Ag department encourages dairy farmers to apply for grantsMADISON – The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) released information Thursday, April 19, that interested dairy farmers may apply by May 7 for grants under the Dairy 30x20 Initiative, which supports operational changes that would lead to improved profitability.
MADISON – The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) released information Thursday, April 19, that interested dairy farmers may apply by May 7 for grants under the Dairy 30x20 Initiative, which supports operational changes that would lead to improved profitability.
The 30x20 Initiative sets a goal of achieving an annual milk production within the state of 30 billion pounds of milk by 2020 in order to meet marketplace demands. Grants of up to $5,000 will be given, and fund recipients would be able to hire consultants and build a team of experts with the expertise needed to address specific business needs on their operation.
Cost-share payments by the farmer are required at 20% of the grant amount. There are two types of grants available: Planning & Preparation Teams and Dairy Profit Teams.
Planning & Preparation Team grants will be applied toward business-development and expansion needs. This may include business planning, financial analysis, transition planning or professional services costs related to dairy farm modernization and expansion.
Dairy Profit Team grants will allow a farmer to develop an on-farm management team to assist with improving management of existing operations or identify opportunities to improve profit. Topics may include implementation of new technology, farm growth, financial success, long-term sustainability and production enhancing measures.
Requesting funds from the Grow Wisconsin Dairy Producer Grants entails completing a one-page pre-application that asks for contact information, farm description, business goals and project area(s) of focus. To access the grant application materials, visit www.growwisconsindairy.wi.gov.
People can also contact the Grow Wisconsin Dairy Team by calling toll-free 1-855-WIDAIRY (943-2479) or emailing GrowWisconsinDairy@wi.gov. Connect with DATCP on Twitter at www.twitter.com/widatcp or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/widatcp.